Значение идиомы in the — place

[in the — place] {adv. phr.} As the thing in order or importance; first, second, or third, etc. – Used with “first”, “second”, “third”, and other ordinal numbers.

No, you cannot go swimming. In the first place, the water is toocold; and, in the second place, there is not time enough beforedinner.

Stealing is wrong, in the first place, because it hurtsothers, and, in the second place, because it hurts you.

Compare: FORONE THING.


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